Raline Shah isn’t just your average actress. The star of Surga Yang Tak Dirindukan and its sequel in 2017, is a big fan of football, in particular, the World Cup.
Born in Jakarta to parents from Indonesia and Malaysia, she started a career in acting in 2012. When Raline was studying in Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, she was into athletics and represented her school at national level.
“I used to play football, the under-18 national girls/women’s club in Malaysia. I was the defence,” she says.
Favourite World Cup football team: “I’ll always love Germany, they are always consistent in their games.”
The underdog: “Colombia is quite interesting. They’ve got a good pairing of James Rodríguez and Radamel Falcao,” she says excitedly.
What about teams that didn’t make the cut? “I’m sad that this year Italy didn’t make it, they have been making it since 1972. It’s like every 12 years they win the World Cup, like in 2006, and this year they didn’t qualify.”
World Cup predictions: “Probably Germany, but France is really good too. Brazil will be interesting, it is a new team and all the players are skillful in their own right.”
Raline went to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and it was an experience she really enjoyed, even though she was the only girl in her group.
Any let-downs? “We always, always thought that the Netherlands was going to win the cup.” The team lost the final match against Spain. “We were just shocked,” Raline says. “And then Spain against Germany it was just penalties all the way. Quite disappointed at how it played out,” she adds.
Did she enjoy the experience of being at the World Cup? “It was interesting just to be there and feel the energy and see how excited everyone was. It was a real spectacle and a real show.”
This feature first appeared in the June 2018 issue of UNRESERVED.